I might as well consider it a vacation. I’m not writing or editing, and for me, that’s pretty unusual. But I have been reading — a lot. I’ve torn through a huge number of books in the last few days, mostly ebooks, but a few print as well.
Broken Slate — Unusual SF, should be better known.
Bow of Heaven Book 1, the Other Alexander (looking forward to Book 2, not published yet.
Eromenos — historical fiction.
Warchild — interesting SF with well-drawn characters. May read the next in that AU
Bio of a Space Tyrant: Refugee — old Piers Anthony, old-fashioned space opera with lots of violence, rape. Became a series. Might check out the next one, but not sure.
Flint Lord — Second of Richard Herley’s Pagans trilogy.
Earth Goddess — last of Herley’s Pagans series. High quality, as usual.
Last American Martyr — good idea that didn’t live up to reviews. Overblown and unbelievable.
Powers — Ursula Le Guin. Interesting enough to keep my attention, but not her best.
The Road to Vengeance — third of the Strongbow series. Historical fiction.
The Speed of Winter — moderately interesting short SF.
The Sundered — more interesting SF.
Windup Girl — almost finished, but set aside for a while.
Dystopia — nonfiction. Canadian convicts and creative writing teacher change each other’s live. Moving, and important light on crime and imprisonment.
Bend Over and Show Your Lobster — another nonfiction account of imprisonment, from a hugely talented lifer. Sometimes funny, sometimes shattering. Has the creative writing teacher in common with Dystopia.
The writing teacher is Ed Griffin, a former Catholic priest who became involved in trying to change the lives of prisoners, first in the US, now in Canada. He’s the author of Dystopia. His WordPress blog: Prison Uncensored – the Truth Behind the Bars